Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Buying lead shot at Connie's Components

I've been recommending if your paying more than $40 for lead, to purchase lead from Connie's Components, as they will ship Northwest Magnum lead for $39.99 per bag DELIVERED.

Unfortunately, they are not a reliable source, as they seem to quickly run out of supplies.

Someone had mentioned this, saying they were often out of lead on the same day they received a shipment.

Sure enough...

Posting on there website this AM.
NO PHONE ORDERS ON SHOT Next load expected May 26th * No Pre Orders on Shot, due to price fluctuation * Web orders only on shipped shot * I'll update the inventory every Sunday evening * Limited amount that can be shipped every week $39.99 per bag DELIVERED!!!! 2 bag minimum shot purchase. INCLUDES DELIVERY ORDERS NOT IN MULTIPLES OF "2" WILL BE CHARGED AN ADDITIONAL $9.00 FOR SHIPPING Due to an "arrangement" with the Post Office, shot will ship every Thursday. thanks
Just to make sure I attempted to place an order:

This item is out of stock...
We're sorry, the item you are trying to add to your order is currently out of stock.

They had been posting that a shipment was due on April 28th and they are already out of stock.

Sold out or they are holding back too sell at shoots they attend?

It does not matter either way if you cannot get your hands on it when you need it.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Cost to reload, April 28

I just completed a purchase of reloading supplies, except for primers.

Using Graf & Sons figures I punched in their numbers for W209 primers.

My cost to reload 1oz, 12 gauge with Clays powder, is $4.19 per box.

That's $41.90 per case.

The cost goes to $4.58 per box if you pay $42 for a bag of lead.

If I drop my 12 gauge load down to a 7/8 ounce, the price comes down to $3.92 a box.

The reason to drop down to 7/8 loads is if your paying a high price for lead and wishing to stretch your supply, especially for practice.

$3.61 to reload 28 gauge, using Universal Clays.

There are cheaper primers and powder you can use to reduce cost further, especially in the 12 gauge.

Spring Deuce @ Rochester Brooks

Continuing from my last posting in regard to the Rochester Brooks Gun Club "Spring Deuce" sporting clays shoot, a few observations from Sunday.

Sunday brought beautiful weather with moderate temperatures and sunny skies.

A challenging course that was a technical masterpiece. A virgin course in regard to layout and land used for the main event.

A lot of thought went into target presentations. Not overboard in that there was impossible shots, but it was obvious it was decided beforehand that it was not going to be a soft course.

A number of presentations required more then IC choke.

Mike Duquette - Tower Shot - Station 9

Not many targets that did not require a watchful eye, even the close ones.

Without changing a presentation, the club could host the state or zone shoot on this course.

What station you started on (shotgun start) probable influenced your scores, especially for those who don't shoot NSCA each week or have the opportunity to shoot at targets that require more than IC choke.

Off the top of my head, I believe station 10 through 17 were IC choke friendly, give or take a station or two.

If you started in the middle of the course you most likely got a nice feel for the course and worked into the harder presentations to come, if not...

They offered a re-shoot at station #4 for the first five or six squads that had come through.

Shoot management decided to change the station after either seeing initial results or seeing the way the targets were flying.

We were notified when on station #9. It was up to the shooter if he wished to re-shoot the station when he completed the course. I passed on the re-shoot as it did not matter. One shooter that I'm aware of did decide to take advantage and went 6x6.

As it was the first rotation of the day, no harm done. I think a good call by shoot management, as sometimes you have to do what you have to do.

In the future, I will most likely pass on the 8:30 rotation too allow the sun to raise a bit so targets are easier to see. Don't confuse this statement with shooting into the sun, as that was not the case. A sun higher in the sky seems to make the targets pop and they were not popping for me at 8:30am.

I went out and took a few photos during the second rotation. With the sun higher in the sky the targets were easier to see, as the orange tops were almost glowing. But, that's just my opinion and what my eyes saw.

I do need a lens that cancels out the green when shooting in the woods.

A few of us did not shoot at a second target of a report pair on one station in the woods, as we did not see it. Close in and fast, left to right. You had to be looking in the right place or it was in the brush before you fired.

The club had a nice deal for those who wanted to spend the day having fun and maybe also getting in some practice.


As always, a well run shoot and little or no down time due to machine problems.

For all events for all three days, referees were present.

This is a member run club and changes made to the various courses each year is something that many would only expect from a private club with unlimited resources.

Most private clubs do not see the changes from year to year, as seen at Rochester Brooks.

I never know what to expect, as they are always changing the course or packing it up completely and relocating the course to another section of the property.

No same targets and stations from year to year...

Hats off to all the volunteers that made this shoot possible!

The clubs new 5-stand.

Motels are ten minutes north of the club. Ten minutes north of the motels is a major mall and shopping areas, to include Dicks and Gander Mountain.

My round trip cost for gas was $125. Except for one more overnighter, as I committed to the shoot, that's the end of overnight trips this summer, especially with gas rumored to be heading for $4.00 a gallon. Canadians are already paying over $4 a gallon for gas, but it will take some time to get use too, south of the border.

Shoot Photos

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Apr 26 @ Rochester Brooks for Sporting Clays

We've been attending the Spring Deuce, a sporting clays shoot at Rochester Brooks Gun Club in New York.

Friday the squad shot a 100 target prelim and Saturday at 8:30am, a two parcour FITASC.

The prelim is shot on the 50 target .410/28 course and 50 target 20/SS course. A nice warm up for the main event on Sunday.

The 20 gauge course had one station I would have set differently, as it was a true pair that left many snap shooting the second target. I don't care for those types of presentations, but figure they separate the boys at the top of the pack.

Saying that, we did a prelim re-shoot Saturday afternoon for $35 and the station did not seem that bad the second time around.

A squad mate on the FITASC squad, Brice Duponsel from Montreal, shot a 25x25 on parcour #1. He ended the day as champion with a 45x50.
Brice Duponsel

I received a warning for mounting my gun prior to calling for a target in FITASC. That's a no, no.

Both parcours were excellent and all targets were both fair and hittable. We took a range finder to parcour #1 when we finished and a tree that seemed to attract targets came in at 50 yards.

A strong wind came through the grounds at 3:10pm on Saturday. So strong it had me looking for a tornado. By 3:20pm we had a pouring rain. It let up for a bit but resumed. It went from 85 degrees to 67 degrees.

I did some shopping and picked up lead for $35.75 a bag and also got a nice deal on powder. I was looking for W209 primers but not in stock : (

Sunday is the main event and were looking for sun but on the cool side.

Shoot Photos

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Ammo price check at Dicks & Gander Mt.

Both Dicks and Gander Mountain had the same price for AA and STS shells at $8.99 per box, but if you purchase ten boxes at Dicks the price is $7.48 per box.

Dicks is selling Gun Clubs at $7.99 and Game Loads at $5.99, but they also have a deal on Gun Clubs and you can get them for $5.98.

Gander Mountain was selling Estate Supersport value-packs for $27.99. They had them proudly displayed as if they were the deal of the century.

If you can your hands on a Dicks coupon that allows for purchases of ammunition (read the small print) you could get a nice deal at Dicks.

Most of us also have to pay taxes on any department store purchase, so add that into your calculations.

I did not drop in at Wal-Mart, but in the past they have had the best prices on value packs. For those who don't have access to deals, maybe the best choice.

By the way, I've read where you can expect another price increase in ammunition by the middle of the summer.

For those who reload the price of lead may be moderating somewhat, but never going back to the prices we saw just two years ago.

Anyway, it cost more and more to truck goods and that alone will raise prices as the increases in transportation is passed along.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Volusia County Skeet & Trap Club adds field

Update: The club now has a web site.

This Florida club recently added a second skeet/trap field and just hosted the skeet and trap disciplines for the Sunshine State Games Sport Shooting Championships.

The club is fairly new and has rapidly implemented its planned expansion.


Directions to the club...

Exit 261B, I-95 (coming from the north).

The club is 10 minutes from the Daytona Beach Flea Market. Drive right past it, heading south on Rt. 415, Tomoka Farms Road.

Keep driving until you see the Cabbage Patch Bar and hang a right (west) at the intersection. The Volusia club is located 7/10 of a mile west of the Cabbage Patch Bar, on Rt. 4118 (Pioneer Trail).

GOOGLE MAP

As a side note, Flagler will be the games host for Sporting Clays this upcoming weekend.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Trappe américaine et sporting clay

We traveled to Quebec, Canada today to shoot practice 5-Stand at Club L'Acadie.

On the way we stopped at Club de tir Saint-Jacques-le-Mineur, maybe 15 minutes north of the border.

I was aware of the club, but never visited.

When I walked through the clubhouse door I saw three guys sitting at a table who just looked like they had something to do with running the club.

I figured it would be a good time to practice my French and asked in my best American, if anyone spoke English. Thankfully, two of the three spoke English, and the third only French, but he just happened to be the club president.

We were warmly welcomed!

It was explained the trap fields (Winchester hand set traps) and the sporting clays course would not be open until mid May due to standing water. They shoot clay targets only on Sunday's.

I did not ask about the sporting course and will just have to see at another time what they have setup.

I gather the clubs main business is pistol and rifle, with a number of ranges, to include a 200 meter range.

The warm welcome alone ensured we would be returning...

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L'Acadie was busy and the 5-stand was seeing heavy traffic.

My friend Vince was trying out a new gun and not missing much. A Browning with barrels so long you could touch the sun with them. It felt good and fit me perfectly.

I ran into long time Quebec skeet shooter Bill Giblin who had not shot for a number of months.

Photo Bill Giblin

Bill shot three rounds of skeet and you would never have known he had not shot for some time.

The International skeet field was getting a good workout and as I was leaving I think the bunker was being opened as I saw a few bunker shooters heading in that direction.

As always, the ladies working the full time kitchen at the club did a fine job and you have no excuse if you leave hungry.

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My wife and I shot skeet at La Roue du Roy on Saturday.

The club has a target key system in use for all clay target shooting.

For skeet, each shooter gets 27 targets per round. I think my key had ten rounds programmed on it.

You insert the key into the box and it deducts one round from the key for each time you push the button. As my wife and I were using the same key, I would deduct two rounds each time we started.

My wife and I shot three rounds each. Six rounds were deducted from the key. You turn in the key at the end of the day and pay for what you shot. If you empty the key you return to the desk and have the key re-programmed or pick up a new one.

With a short squad, 27 targets is not enough for show targets as you don't know if you will have broken targets, so we passed on them.

The clubs main business is sporting clays and a few squads were out on the front course.

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Crossing the border on both days was not a problem.

Matter of fact on both days I only had one vehicle in front of me when returning to the states and no vehicles when entering Canada. I have no idea what the traffic was at the main crossing on I-87.

Photo ID (drivers license) and birth certificate is minimum ID required when crossing in either direction. If flying, you will require a Passport to return to the US.

If crossing the border with a firearm check one of the links posted on this page for current information.

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Thursday we tried to shoot at a U.S. club that mailed out a newsletter stating they would be open for the season on weekdays, starting April 15th.

After sitting at the gate for 15 minutes we figured it was not going to happen.

On return to home I checked the clubs website and it also stated the 15th.

A phone conversation informed me the club would not be going into there summer schedule until May 8th.

It was a 1hr 10min drive, one way.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

ATF has no business attending gun control news conferences

In an article published in a Illinois newspaper.

With a display of firearms seized in the Northern suburbs, U.S. Rep. Mark Kirk calls for federal action to combat the rise of illegal gun trafficking in the Chicago area at a news conference Friday.

Joining Kirk Friday were Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins, a member of Mayors Against Illegal Guns; Lake County Sheriff Mark Curran; ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Andy Traver; and Illinois Council Against Handgun Violence Executive Director Thomas Mannard.

Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins, who grew up in a gun-owning family and has a firearm owners ID card, said these measures aren't intended to take guns out of the hands of sportsmen. They target the handguns and assault weapons, which she feels there is no legitimate reason for civilians to own.

Can the Federal government explain why ATF Special Agent-in-Charge Andy Traver was in attendance?

This is like having an IRS agent in attendance when the topic is tax increases.

Does Traver support supports Palatine Mayor Rita Mullins position on banning handguns?


Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Reloading to cut the cost of shooting?

Cutting back on shooting because of the cost of shells?

It can be argued successfully that even with the present cost of components, money can be saved if you reload, especially for practice.

A smart buy of components is a must. Shopping at Gander Mountain is not smart shopping.

If you have a reloader, it may be time to rethink your loads. If not, maybe its time to purchase a used reloader.

A NSSA skeet shooter usually has four re-loaders. Loading .410 shells for practice is a viable option. 800 shells can be loaded from one bag of lead.

Many trap shooters are avid re-loaders. A 7/8 ounce 12 gauge shell should be a no brainer. International Bunker and International Skeet shooters shoot 24 Gram loads at targets that are harder than regular targets. 24 Grams is less lead than the 7/8ounce of lead used in 20 gauge load.

Bag of shot = 25 lbs. = 400 ounces

Loads per bag:

1/2 oz. = 800 loads
5/8 oz. = 639
11/16 oz. = 581
3/4 oz. = 533
13/16 oz. = 492
24 Gram = 472
7/8 oz. = 457 loads
1 oz. = 400
1-1/8 oz. = 355 loads

Monday, April 14, 2008

Barrack Hussian Obama, guns and religion

Elitist (and Liberal) Barrack Hussian Obama told a group in San Francisco last week that some rural voters are bitter and "cling to guns or religion."

Tell us Obama Hussian, what do you really think about ordinary Americans living in rural America?

It's not like your church is mainstream America or do you think it is?

Bitter are the words spoken by Rev. Wright!

His words were not an issue while your children and wife were attending church and before you were running for president. I gather that's the norm your used to and Rev. Wright gets a pass on being a bitter American, as you surely thought that was the norm when he spoke them or you would have left the church in search of another.

What of Chicago with the strictest of gun laws?

Last available data shows 15,964 robberies, 17,943 assaults and 448 murders for the last reporting period.

I would be a bitter American if I had to put up with that and definitely be clinging to my guns. A little religion wouldn't hurt either.

Yellowstone County Commissioner Democrat Bill Kennedy said it best...

Going to church and going hunting are part of Montana's heritage not "something we 'cling to' out of bitterness or frustration." He says Obama's comments showed a disconnect with rural Montana.

I think Mr. Kennedy speaks for all of America, not just Montana!

Florida loses a club

Bear Creek Sporting Clays in Florida has closed it doors.

This is a sad day for Bear Creek; unfortunately the cost of doing business has increased beyond our ability keep the doors open.

We have raised our rates as high as the market will bear but still cannot generate enough revenue to cover all the increased costs.

We want to thank all of you who have supported us through the years. We will miss your friendship and fellowship.

Just this past February a few shooters were discussing the club and asked if I was going to drop in for a visit....

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Apr 13 @ Montreal Sporting Clays, Quebec

The Montreal Skeet Club has been holding a series of 75 target sporting clays shoots throughout the winter and this was my first chance to attend.

On the U.S. side of the border, snow flurries and a dusting of snow on the ground.

It warmed up a few degrees once we crossed into Canada and the snow disappeared.

Rivers high and running fast.

36 degrees when we arrived at the club and 37 degrees when we departed.

Not as bad as it sounds as the sun did come out for a while. The course was in the woods and protected from the wind.

The regulars thought summer was just around the corner, as it was above freezing and they did not need three layers of clothing.

Saying that, the cold took it's toll and I was ready for a nap by time we got back to the clubhouse.

The trails were mud and more mud. Boots were a must!

That's me at Station #1

Everyone was in good humor and all seemed to be having a good time.

My friend Max shot with us. He was shooting the course with skeet choke. Max is a AA skeet shooter, but not enough choke for todays presentations.

Machines were Pro-Matic and I don't think we had a hiccup at any station.

Kids were coming and going, moving targets and topping off machines.

I once again used an out of the way border crossing and there was no traffic. I needed to show my birth certificate along with my drivers license when returning to the states. An once again, a state trooper was running radar a few miles south of the main border crossing on I-87.

I suggest you enter Canada with a full tank of gas as you will pay anywhere from $1 - $1.50 more per gallon if you need to top off while in Canada.

The Canadian dollar for all practical purposes is at par. It cost me $100 U.S. to purchase $100 Canadian at my local money exchange.

Shoot Photos

Friday, April 11, 2008

Odds & Ends (Apr 11)

The Flagler club in Florida has acquired a 5th trap machine (Pat Trap) which will complete Flagler's expansion to 5 trap fields.

The re-fit of trap field 3 is completed. Field 4 will be re-fit next.

The club expects to start work on field #5 in about 3 weeks. Field 5 will be a combo trap/skeet.

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Bradford Sportsmen's Farm hosted it's first Florida Sporting Clays Championships. By all accounts a complete success.

I'm not surprised, as the few times I shot at the club, never a hitch.

Attention to detail comes to mind...

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Clinton renewed her call for reinstating the assault weapons ban, which expired in 2004.

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The NSCA/NSSA sites seem to be back on line.

The company that provides the hosting service for the NSCA/NSSA needs to be on top of mysql.

It helps if your not sharing server space with other sites. Cost major bucks, but a must if running large databases.

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If driving across the border and you don't have a passport, don't forget your birth certificate. Passports or Pass Cards are not a requirement in 2008 when driving.

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Everyone seems to be looking for cheap ammunition.

Cheap in 2008 is $55 a case. Major brands are in the $65 - $75 range or even higher, depending on the store and the last time they received a shipment.

From my observations it seems more and more shooters are turning to 100 shell value packs.

I've been shooting skeet practice with a 28 gauge. It may be time to reload .410 shells and retire the 28 gauge.

Trap and sporting clays practice will be 7/8 ounce reloads unless I can find a source of shells that are cheaper then what it cost me to reload.

Thursday, April 10, 2008

Importing and/or Exporting a Firearm

Americans and Canadians don't play by the same rules in regard to firearms.

There is no quick firearm sale when either does business with the other.

The US buyer or seller has the most difficult path to follow.

The USA has stringent rules in regard to an American selling overseas (to include Canada) and for American importing firearms from overseas (to include Canada).

Paperwork approved at the U.S. Federal level must be in hand.

For those who choose to ignore the rules. Your dealing with an item that has a serial number and most likely traceable. If the firearm is involved in an incident down the road, it may be traced back to you. I bring this to your attention as some choose to ignore the paperwork requirements and take part in an illegal transaction.

From my readings, the most difficult part of the process (outside of the paperwork requirements) is had by the Canadian seller, as he may have difficulty finding an authorized shipper within Canada who will ship a firearm to the states.

I'm told with all approved paperwork in hand, the transaction can take place at the American border between the Canadian and American, and of course U.S. customs. I have not heard from anyone who has done this recently, but this was a common practice in the past.

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USA Import

Any Federal Firearms License (FFL) holder can import a firearm for personal use or on behalf of an unlicensed person by filling out the proper paperwork. According to the ATF:

(L1) May a licensed dealer who does not have an importer's license make an occasional importation?

Yes. A licensee may make an occasional importation of a firearm for a nonlicensee or for the licensee's personal use (not for resale). The licensee must first submit a ATF Form 6, Part I to the Imports Branch for approval. The licensee may then present the approved Form 6 and completed ATF Form 6A to the U.S. Customs Service. Contact the Bureau of ATF, Imports Branch, for forms.

* Barrels require a permit for import and export.

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Link for Canadian buyers/sellers.

Canadians Importing Firearms, Firearm Parts and Ammunition


Does a Canadian need an export permit to take or ship a firearm out of Canada?

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USA Export (to Canada)

Contact the ATF for current procedures.

Monday, April 07, 2008

Obama is for Gun Control

Obama has consistently supported gun control legislation that came up while he was in the Illinois state legislature and the U.S. Senate.

- When Obama ran for the Illinois state senate the political group, Independent Voters of Illinois (IVI), asked him if he supported a “ban [on] the manufacture, sale and possession of handguns” and he responded “yes.”

- In 1998, another questionnaire administered by IL State Legislative National Political Awareness Test didn’t ask about banning all handguns, but it did find that Obama wanted to “ban the sale or transfer of all forms of semi-automatic weapons.”

Indeed, such a ban would outlaw virtually all handguns and the vast majority of rifles sold in the United States.

- From 1998 to 2001, Obama was on the board of directors for the Joyce Foundation, which funded such anti-gun groups as the Violence Policy Center, the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, and Handgun Free America.

Both the Violence Policy Center and Handgun Free America, as its name suggests, are in favor of a complete ban on handguns. During his tenure on the board, the Joyce Foundation was probably the major funder of pro-control research in the United States.

- John Lott knew Obama during the mid-1990s, and his answers to IVI’s question on guns fit well with the Obama that John Lott knew. Indeed, the first time John introduced myself to him he said “Oh, you are the gun guy.”

John responded “Yes, I guess so.” He simply responded that “I don’t believe that people should be able to own guns.”

When John said it might be fun to talk about the question sometime and about his support of the city of Chicago’s lawsuit against the gun makers, he simply grimaced and turned away, ending the conversation.

- Obama also opposes the current laws in 48 states that let citizens carry concealed handguns for protection claiming, despite all the academic studies to the contrary, that "I think that creates a potential atmosphere where more innocent people could (get shot during) altercations."

- Obama is unwilling to state that DC’s or Chicago’s ban on guns are unconstitutional.

- Obama’s website only recognizes two legitimate purposes for civilian ownership of guns: “hunting and target shooting.” The notion that people might want to protect themselves when the police are not around isn’t something that he sees as legitimate.

- With guns, it sure looks like Obama is telling voters what they want to hear, not what he plans on doing.

The Obama campaign’s strategy largely follows 2003 surveys produced by Democratic pollster Mark Penn showing that if Democrats didn't show "respect for the 2nd Amendment and support gun safety," voters would presume that they were anti-gun. "The formula for Democrats," according to Penn, "is to say that they support the 2nd Amendment, but that they want tough laws that close loopholes. This is something [Democrats] can run on and win on."

Souce: John Lott, author of "Freedomnomics" and a senior research scientist at the University of Maryland

Sunday, April 06, 2008

Apr 6 @ L'Acadie 5-Stand Shoot, Quebec

A day trip into Canada to shoot at Club L'Acaide.

A 100 target 5-stand shoot utilizing two fields. We shot four rounds of 25 each.

Each field had a minimum of ten machines. The hardest part was keeping track of that many machines, as you had to remember what machine threw what and where.

The smart shooters watched a few rounds before squadding. I wasn't one of the smart ones and the first round cost me a few of the easier targets. I ended up with a 73.

Sunny and when I departed, 50 degrees. A little breeze in the PM.

I needed gloves in the AM, but not needed in the PM.

A little awkward at first, shooting with heavy clothing and winter jacket. In the PM you could shed some clothing.

A nice mix of targets to include rabbit, springing teal, and overhead shots.

A short video of a father and son shooting...

video

The club has a full kitchen and you can order breakfast or lunch at any time.

The skeet and trap fields, as well as the International Skeet field saw traffic throughout the day.

The clubs Olympic Bunkers (3) will be available next week. I had not been around but I gather they were closed for part of the winter. The club is scheduled to host the Canadian Bunker Championships, but a date has not been set due to the summer Olympics being held in China. I was told they are working out scheduling conflicts and should be announcing a date shortly.

The club is hosting the Canadian International Skeet Championships in August.

The club is also hosting a few other shoots, but dates have not been firmed and no sense talking about them as they are only in the talking stage.

Both coming and going there was no traffic at the border. I usually stay away from the primary border crossings and rather easy to do along the Quebec border.

I knew the Canadian agent going into Canada. On my return, I had a women agent and she thought it was pretty neat I had been clay target shooting in Canada, and as no traffic, we spent a few minutes chatting.

I did have to show my birth certificate and drivers license when returning to the states.

As the usually, a state trooper several miles from the border running radar.

Shoot Photos

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Shoot Awards and Trophies

I have posted on my links page a number of links to companies that sell shooting related Awards and Trophies.

If your looking for something different to give out at the various shoots held at your club each year, it's worth a look.

Some on the high end and others...

Some very unique...

Awards & Trophies

Thursday, April 03, 2008

Hats Off Ontario; Skeet, Trap, Sporting Clays

Three Canadian clubs in Ontario that deserve a Hats Off for their efforts...

The Kingston District Trap, Skeet and Sporting Clays Club put it's annual Ducks Unlimited NSSA Skeet Shoot under the microscope and reduced the cost to participate. The club also reformatted it's website and visitors to the site should find it easier to navigate.

Raising cost of NSSA shoots is a growing concern and the Kingston club took positive steps to address this issue.

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The Hamilton Gun Club is hosting the 53rd Canadian Trapshooting Championships and the effort to attract American shooters is something I've not seen in recent years by any club in Canada, for any clay target discipline.

The shoot has been posted to numerous talk boards and emails have been sent to American shooters. A special Canadian Trapshooting Championships website was created and provides a wealth of information.

The club has even secured the services of Presquad.com which provides the fastest, most convenient and secure method for for pre-squadding and used by many trap clubs in the states that host ATA shoots.

215 beautiful trophies - over 150 available to Non-Residents - and $12,000.00 offered in cash prizes!

The buzz for this shoot is so great that Terry Heeg (editor in chief) Trap & Field will personally cover the event!

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The Galt Sportsmen's Club has taken it's sporting clays operation to new levels with an investment of over $100,000.00 and a aggressive schedule of NSCA registered shoots. Many clubs in Canada offer sporting clays, but not many offer NSCA targets.

The club is still in process of fine tuning the shoots and if they can maintain the level of interest they may have other clubs in Canada revisit the idea of hosting NSCA shoots.

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If you were thinking of attending a shoot in Canada and not sure of Firearm Laws and Border Crossing procedures.

Americans Bringing Firearms Into Canada

Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Winner get his entry back

I received the following from Tom Baber from the Gator club in Florida.

We are going to start the Monthly Bunker Shoots back this weekend.

Simple deal.... $35 per 100...

Winner gets his entry back....

Simple...

Here is the program.... 75 Targets + Single shot final.....

Everyone shoots the final...

Start time 10 AM this Saturday...

An interesting concept and something that could also work in trap and skeet.

For trap, shoot three rounds of 16-yard and one 27-yard. For skeet, three regular rounds and a final round of doubles.

Whatever format you decide, the idea of having the entry fee returned is a win win for both the shooter and the club.

Something different and weekly shooters at the club may enjoy a change from what is normally offered.

Maybe throw in a lucky draw where a second shooter also has his/her entry fee returned...